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Activists say new Tennessee law aims to suppress African American votes | The Guardian

Khushbu Shah, The Guardian The Equity Alliance registered nearly 100,000 black voters in Tennessee during the midterm elections in 2018. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images. Featured Image Johnson lists off laundromats, nightclubs and churches. Those are the places her team of 150 volunteers visited during the midterm elections last year, registering black voters across Tennessee. In the end, she estimates The Equity Alliance, where she is a co-founder, registered nearly 100,000 people up and down the state – more than 70,000 above their initial target. “Laundromats [were] where the bulk of the registrations came from,” said Johnson, who is also […]

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A Forgotten Presidential Candidate From 1904 | NPR

Linton Weeks, NPR George Edwin Taylor in 1904. Courtesy of Eartha M.M. White Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida. Featured Image what you read in some history books — such as the Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women — Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) was not in 1972 the first African-American candidate to run for president of the United States. In 1904, George Edwin Taylor — often forgotten in the discussion of black American political pioneers — ran for president as the candidate of the National Negro Liberty Party, sometimes known as the National Liberty Party. Son Of A […]

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Adrienne Jones elected Maryland’s first African-American, female House speaker | CNN

Veronica Stracqualursi, CNNAmber Ferguson/The Washington Post, Featured Image (CNN) A Maryland lawmaker made history on Wednesday when she became the first woman and first African-American elected as the state’s House speaker. Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously voted as speaker after the two Democratic candidates who were vying for the job stepped aside to nominate her. “Wow, I didn’t think I would be here this time when I left out my house this morning,” Jones said after she was sworn in, according to video from CNN affiliate WBAL-TV. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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Baltimore’s Mayor Resigns Over a Series of Self-Published Children’s Books | Slate

Elliot Hannon, Slate Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivers an address during her inauguration ceremony on Dec. 6, 2016. (Patrick Semansky/AP), Featured Image Mayor Catherine Pugh’s bizarre tenure in office came to an end Thursday, when she resigned amid a cloud of scandal and scrutiny over, of all things, a self-published series of children’s books. Scandal erupted in March when the Baltimore Sun reported that the sale of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” books raised serious ethical and legal questions. The books themselves are harmless, featuring a young black protagonist Holly and positive themes of healthy eating and exercise, but it’s the whopping […]

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Stacey Abrams’s next move could bolster Democrats in Georgia — and her own political fortunes | The Washington Post

Amy Gardner, The Washington Post Stacey Abrams at an event at the Carter Center in Atlanta on April 23, 2019. (Elijah Nouvelage/For The Washington Post), Featured Image , Ga. — In a quiet suite of offices above a bank in this eastern Atlanta suburb, Democrat Stacey Abrams’s newest venture is quickly taking shape. With her decision this week not to run for the U.S. Senate, Abrams is directing her political energy squarely into promoting voting rights, the cause that helped propel her unsuccessful bid in Georgia last year to be the nation’s first African American female governor and made her […]

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Holder calls on 2020 presidential candidates to help redistricting prep | Politico

Daniel Strauss, Politico Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, on Sept. 16, 2014. Susan Walsh—AP Attorney General Eric Holder says a shock loss in Wisconsin earlier this month should be “a wake-up call” for Democrats that the Midwest hasn’t abandoned President Donald Trump’s GOP despite the midterm election results — and that the party needs to refocus on redistricting or risk crippling the next Democratic administration. Holder, the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said “it felt a little lonely” when he went to Wisconsin to campaign […]

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[WATCH] Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman | Democracy Now

Angela Davis &, Barbara Ransby, Democracy Now Ilhan Omar campaigning for state representative in Minnesota. (Chris Newberry), Featured Image of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who […]

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